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Intel Comet Lake processors may have up to 10 cores

By Greg S ยท 8 replies
Mar 14, 2019
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  1. Updates submitted to Coreboot and Linux by Intel have revealed that the Comet Lake series of processors may have as many as 10 cores. In addition to upping the core count for desktop, likely in response to Ryzen 3000 processors with up to sixteen cores, ultrabooks will be receiving CPUs with up to six cores.

    Comet Lake is still based on a refined 14nm process. It is expected that six core Comet Lake U-series CPUs will have a 28W TDP while four core variants will be rated at 15W. In addition, there may be an extra low power 5W CPU, making it Intel's first quadcore with such a low TDP.

    For desktop systems, Intel is expected to keep the same LGA 1151 v2 socket for 10 core Comet Lake processors. Power draw is not currently known for the upcoming CPUs, but extra pins to deliver power seem like they will be put to use.

    Now is yet another time to note that Intel really needs to get its manufacturing processes under control and in a hurry. As AMD is enjoying the benefits of TSMC's advanced 7nm processes, Intel is still struggling to mass produce 10nm parts. Even if Intel's 10nm process is allegedly more similar to competing 7nm processes, the clock is ticking before more consumers jump ship to cheaper and higher core count CPUs.

    Intel's roadmap for mobile processors shows Ice Lake releasing this year, but still on a 10nm+ process. Tiger Lake will follow up in 2020, but on a refined 10nm++ process. At least on the mobile front, a place where power consumption matters far more than on desktop, Intel is still looking at late 2020 or early 2021 before it churns out 7nm options.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,875   +3,315

    But at what cost and will the benefit really be there?
    Vulcanproject likes this.
  3. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 622   +819

    Indeed. The advantages are mostly power related.

    At the low end mobile scale, adding more cores is not as beneficial as just having better, faster IPC but less cores. Not for performance anyway. Simply because of course multi threading of most software is by no means a given.
    onestepforward likes this.
  4. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 173   +113

    ... and all of them are still bogus.
    Thanks, but no thanks.
    Black Paper and Dimitrios like this.
  5. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Guru Posts: 475   +95

    My next cpu will be my 1st AMD purchase after running Intel systems for years.
    Black Paper and xxLCxx like this.
  6. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Guru Posts: 611   +397

    This lower-end CPU will go really well with your GTX 1660.
  7. Drew Valadez

    Drew Valadez TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +18

    As a photo enthusiast, this is starting to remind me of the megapixel wars between Canon and Nikon but now between Intel and AMD where they battle it out over who can stuff more cores into consumer grade CPUs
    wiyosaya and onestepforward like this.
  8. Draconian

    Draconian TS Enthusiast Posts: 75   +15

    Would that 5W quad-core be suitable for gaming?
  9. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 430   +253

    Unfortunatley, AMD still remaining as second class. Maybe they have been catching up with Intel, but it's just been that - catching up. Never overtaken.

    Now, I am not a fanboy of Intel nor AMD, and I will be one of the first persons to buy the next best CPU, but for now, AMD still remains as the second class in terms of gaming. Despite what benchmarks has been saying, the benchmarks in gaming has been less than enthusiastic for games when it comes to AMD processors. Maybe my gaming bias has to do with this influence, but my concern remains.

    Cinebench and other "work" benchmarks - do they actually relate to you how well the CPUs perform for you in your daily activities?

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